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Princeton's WordNet

  1. proneadjective

    having a tendency (to); often used in combination

    "a child prone to mischief"; "failure-prone"

  2. prone, prostrateadjective

    lying face downward


  1. proneadjective

    Lying face downward; prostrate.

  2. proneadjective

    Having a downward inclination or slope.

  3. proneadjective

    Shooting from a lying down position.

  4. Etymology: From pronus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PRONEadjective

    Etymology: pronus, Latin.

    There wanted yet a creature not prone,
    And brute as other creatures, but indu’d
    With sanctity of reason, might erect
    His stature, and upright with front serene
    Govern the rest. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. vii.

    Upon these three positions in man, wherein the spine can only be at right lines with the thigh, arise those postures, prone, supine and erect. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    Down thither prone in flight
    He speeds, and through the vast ethereal sky
    Sails between worlds. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. v.

    Since the floods demand,
    For their descent, a prone and sinking land:
    Does not this due declivity declare
    A wise director’s providential care? Richard Blackmore.

    The labour of doing good, with the pleasure arising from the contrary, doth make men for the most part slower to the one and proner to the other, than that duty, prescribed them by law, can prevail sufficiently with them. Richard Hooker.

    Those who are ready to confess him in judgment and profession, are very prone to deny him shamefully in their doings. Robert South, Sermons.

    If we are prone to sedition, and delight in change, there is no cure more proper than trade, which supplies business to the active, and wealth to the indigent. Addison.

    Still prone to change, though still the slaves of state. Alexander Pope.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Proneadjective

    bending forward; inclined; not erect

  2. Proneadjective

    prostrate; flat; esp., lying with the face down; -- opposed to supine

  3. Proneadjective

    headlong; running downward or headlong

  4. Proneadjective

    sloping, with reference to a line or surface; declivous; inclined; not level

  5. Proneadjective

    inclined; propense; disposed; -- applied to the mind or affections, usually in an ill sense. Followed by to

  6. Etymology: [L. pronus, akin to Gr. , , Skr. pravana sloping, inclined, and also to L. pro forward, for. See Pro-.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Prone

    prōn, adj. with the face downward: bending forward: headlong: disposed: inclined or sloping.—adv. Prone′ly.—n. Prone′ness. [O. Fr.,—L. pronus; cog. with Gr. prēnēs, prone.]

Rap Dictionary

  1. pronenoun

    Exessively large breast on a woman; Large man breasts, created and often used by Phil P. Also said as Tig Ol' Bitties. And we'd all like to see your Tig' Ol Bitties... -- Lil' Jon & The Eastside Boyz featuring Ying Yang Twins (Get Low) reverse the letters "T" and "B" in "Tig Ol' Bitties" to see where the term comes from...

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prone in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prone in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of prone in a Sentence

  1. Mike Benton:

    It became clear that there were two main factors, first that overall climates were becoming cooler, and this made life harder for the dinosaurs which likely relied on warm temperatures, then, the loss of herbivores made the ecosystems unstable and prone to [an] extinction cascade. We also found that the longer-lived dinosaur species were more liable to extinction, perhaps reflecting that they could not adapt to the new conditions on Earth.

  2. Glen Philip:

    We call him Rebel because that's what he is. He is generally a nice horse to do anything with but is prone to erratic behavior in certain situations. it really ranks as the number one strange save.

  3. Medea Benjamin:

    We think that he is making this about himself and its really a campaign rally, we think that hes a big baby. ... Hes erratic, hes prone to tantrums, he doesnt understand the consequences of his actions. And so this is a great symbol of how we feel about our president.

  4. Eryn Jean Norvill:

    In my view, Ms Norvill revealed herself to be a witness who was, at times, prone to exaggeration and embellishment.

  5. Oliver Rosenbauer:

    This is an epidemic-prone disease, this is a virus that's very good at finding susceptible children.

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  • عرArabic
  • propens, procliu, predisposatCatalan, Valencian
  • anfällig, in Bauchlage, schräg, geneigtGerman
  • πρηνήςGreek
  • postrado, de bruces, decúbito pronoSpanish
  • دمرPersian
  • altistettu, kallistunut, vatsallaan, kasvoillaan, vino, rähmällään, viettävä, altistunut, kallistettu, kallellaan, taipuvainen, makuultaFinnish
  • enclin, couché sur le ventre, prédisposéFrench
  • cenderung, rentanIndonesian
  • prone, legge seg flatNorwegian
  • prono, inclinadoPortuguese
  • лежащий ничком, предрасположенный, склонный, лицом вниз, лёжа, наклонныйRussian
  • پریشانUrdu

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    the highest point (of something)
    • A. deterioration
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